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Paul Henreid

in the Now, Voyager trailer (1942)
Born Paul Georg Julius Hernreid Ritter von Wassel-Waldingau
10 January 1905(1905-01-10)
Trieste, Austria-Hungary (now Italy)
Died 29 March 1992 (aged 87)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor/Director
Years active 1933 – 1977

Paul Henreid (10 January 1905 – 29 March 1992), whose birthname was Paul Georg Julius Hernreid Ritter von Wassel-Waldingau, was an Austrian actor and film director.


Early life

Born in Trieste, which was then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Henreid was the son of an aristocratic Viennese banker. He studied theatre in Vienna and debuted on the stage under the direction of Max Reinhardt. He began his film career acting in German films in the 1930s, but left Austria in 1935 for Britain. With the start of World War II, Henreid risked deportation or internment as an enemy alien, but Conrad Veidt spoke for him and he was allowed to remain free in England.[1] A small role in Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939) then led him to Hollywood.


In 1942, Henreid appeared in his two most important films. In Now, Voyager, he and Bette Davis created one of the screen's most imitated scenes, in which he lights two cigarettes and hands one to her. Henreid's next role was as Victor Laszlo, heroic anti-Nazi leader, in Casablanca with Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.

In 1946, Henreid became a citizen of the United States[2].

He made regular film appearances throughout the 1940s, and in the early 1950s began directing for both film and television. His film credits include The Spanish Main (1945), Of Human Bondage (1946), Song of Love (1947), Thief of Damascus (1952), Siren of Bagdad (1953), and Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1961). His television directorial credits include Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Maverick, Bonanza and The Big Valley. In 1964, Henreid directed Dead Ringer, which starred Bette Davis and featured, in a minor role, the director's daughter, Monika.


Paul Henreid's grave at Woodlawn Cemetery in Santa Monica

Henreid died of pneumonia in Santa Monica, California and was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery. He was buried with a fan letter from one Mildred Jacobs which he received in 1937, before he became famous, and which he said meant more to him than any award he had won.

Henreid has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one (for film) at 6366 Hollywood Boulevard and the other (for television) at 1722 Vine Street.



As actor

As director

  • For Men Only (1952)
  • A Woman's Devotion (1956)
  • Live Fast, Die Young (1958)
  • Girls on the Loose (1958)
  • Dead Ringer (1964)
  • Ballad in Blue (1964)


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